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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 19, 2013, 08:08:33 PM
I definitely noticed the difference pre-patch vs post-patch yesterday.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 19, 2013, 05:43:17 PM
Oh - Sony issued a statement on the failure rates: http://allthingsd.com/20131119/sony-updates-faulty-playstation-4-estimate-saying-number-is-still-very-small/?mod=atdtweet

Basically saying less than 1% with no singular cause, so 'nothing to see here.'
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 19, 2013, 05:42:50 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 19, 2013, 05:38:49 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 19, 2013, 05:18:24 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 19, 2013, 05:01:38 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on November 18, 2013, 08:12:26 PM

I almost scored a copy of that. GameStop had one left... But it was the gutted copy. Against my principles for numerous reasons. Best buys around here have them but like 20 miles away. Ill wait.

You gotta pick and choose your battles, dude.  I know people hate that Gamestop does this, but they have a reason (not like they just do it to be dicks) and in the end, the copy is no different than if it was in shrink wrap.  In fact, you could spin this that they are providing you a service by pre-opening it...FOR FREE!  slywink

Really the only crappy part is the sticker they always put on the box.  I can usually get the sticker off just fine, though.   

I'm with Harpua on this principle, and it's made even worse by the occasional instance of people finding that a store employee did indeed play with one of the opened new copies of a game.

Yeah, there's no excuses for this shit in this day and age.

I'll side with Grue on this one. The amount of fucks I give about an open video game package is less than zero.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 19, 2013, 05:37:44 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 19, 2013, 04:42:40 PM

I remember mine being cross shipped, too.  But I think I also paid for expedited shipping of some sort.

Yeah I'm pretty sure they cross shipped if you paid for it.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 11 on: November 19, 2013, 04:24:29 AM
It was a good call per the rule. Nothing Brooks could do about it, but you can't make contact with the QBs neck.

126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 18, 2013, 07:48:28 AM

Quote from: Purge on November 18, 2013, 05:11:15 AM

No, but if this was happening (which it may still) on a console of a different make, the deluge of animated gifs having to do with red rings would bury the server IO. My guess is that people with the console experiencing problems have three things against them:

A) They just paid $400 and a day-one-ish console with months of buildup and partisan opinion built up.
B) It ain't cool to slam Sony
C) See B.

My pointing that out isn't an act of Schadenfreude - it really sucks to have a console die on you, and when I went into EB Games and gave up my pre-order* (IIRC there are at least 5 PS4 owners on staff so I don't need one for reviews) they had a few people already call to find out how to get replacements.

Let's hope Sony gets this one cleaned up ASAP - this Christmas, everyone should be having fun on their next-gen consoles.

Agreed. It's obviously difficult to get a failure rate right now, but it's not at all promising that the failure rate after 72 hours or so is not near zero.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's November 14, 2013. What's your Franchise/Game of the Generation? on: November 14, 2013, 03:04:05 PM
Yeah I can't think of anything that comes close to Uncharted. Rock Band is in second place.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 13, 2013, 04:27:14 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 13, 2013, 04:16:06 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 13, 2013, 04:00:57 PM

Sony definitely holds the cards on the cross-platform games (save COD, which I hear is chuggy).

There was word about CoD being 720p in single player (and 1080p in multi) even on PS4 an hour or two ago, but I didn't catch the final verdict there. At least there's been some pretty convincing evidence that the sites that have been posting comparison vids between CoD on the two platforms these last two days have mostly been using 720p for both platforms. Whether that is because their recording equipment was set up wrong or if the game is built that way was harder to tell, but some people started claiming that they could confirm the reduced resolution.

It's really inexcusable. CoD: Ghosts is one of the (if not the) absolutely worst looking games on the new consoles, Xbox One and PS4 both, yet it still has both performance and resolution problems. People really should boycott that franchise. They aren't even hiding the fact that they're regurgitating the same game every year, with minimal effort, any more.

Yeah but the multiplayer is SO FUN.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 13, 2013, 02:10:04 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 13, 2013, 01:35:14 AM

The snap feature is one major reason I think MS's philosophy for the Xbone is sound, and will be borne out in the long run. The fact is, none of us use our electronics for just one function these days. Everybody's a multi-tasker. They've positioned the Xbox to capitalize on all the major technology trends - cloud sync across devices, multitasking, media streaming, digital distribution, social integration, etc. I think people are going to really buy into that experience - particularly as time goes on and these features become more and more commonplace across all of our devices.

Largely depends on the tasks. I don't watch a movie while reading a book for example. In fact watching movies, playing games, and reading are generally very single threaded tasks for me. I do check twitter during downtime during games, but I don't need that on the screen all the time.

Basically I can see the snap feature being interesting for a lot of the other activity beyond gaming, but when I game I just want the game on the screen. I literally cannot think of a single thing I want on there blocking any part of the game UI.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/PC/Wii U/PS4/XB1]Call of Duty:Ghosts on: November 12, 2013, 11:46:08 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 12, 2013, 11:08:34 PM

One of the key things he does is not reload after every kill.

It's a very important technique and I've had a hard time breaking the habit.

Some times I'll kill guy with an lmg and reload on instinct even though I have 90 rounds or whatever left in the drum.

It's embarrassing.

I had that issue as well. First, you should be able to cancel the reload by sprinting or pressing Y, I think. This was the case in previous CODs.

Second, using guns with larger clips and/or extended mags helped me in realizing that I did not have to reload after every kill.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: November 12, 2013, 09:29:13 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 12, 2013, 09:25:19 PM

The point is that there is no way to measure whether or not you're using 100% of a console's potential. It's a worthless measurement because there is no defined upper limit. To use Purge's truck example, he can easily say that he's using 100% of his truck's actual power, which would be correct. But when he cuts it up and stacks it, how much of the truck's maximum potential to carry wood is he using? Is it 50%? 60%? 70%? Something else? There's no way to know, thus making claims about it nothing but a fantasy. It gets even worse when you start to consider that you have to measure the maximum potential against technology and development methods that may not even have been invented yet at the time.

Yeah I don't disgree, but I would think that most devs (certainly all AAA titles) are going to be running at their 100% at that particular point in time.

Using the truck analogy on it's side a bit:
The first time I drive Purge's truck around the track, I'm not sure of its cornering limits, proper gear for turn exits, etc... The next lap, I'll be better. The 50th lap, better still. 100th lap... I might be running into significant diminishing returns, but if Fernando Alonso (the equivalent of a much, much better developer) were to come in and drive, he'd certainly do better than I would lap one.

I do agree that we can't possibly know the upper bound of any system at this point in its life cycle.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: November 12, 2013, 09:21:03 PM
Anyone who thinks these consoles are running at 100% of their optimal capability is insane. It's a brand new platform. The developers may be engaging it to 100% of *their* ability right now, but with time/experience/luck/OS enhancements, things will undoubtedly get better.

Unless of course you think the 360/PS3 didn't improve over time. In which case you are either blind and/or stupid.

The flip side is that of course devs are maxing it out to the best of their ability and to suggest that they aren't is also stupid. They just aren't that good at it yet and one of these boxes has proven to be easier to learn than the other.

133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 12, 2013, 09:18:03 PM

Quote from: msduncan on November 12, 2013, 09:15:58 PM

Poor choice in emoticons.  I should have used  saywhat instead.

Still completely unnecessary and does not at all add to the discussion.

As the appointed arbiter of logic and reason, I have made my ruling. It still stands.

134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 12, 2013, 09:11:21 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 12, 2013, 08:54:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT
Yet a few people have managed to turn the tone of the thread in such a direction that any critical piece of news about the Xbox One is considered an attack, or gleeful shit-smearing, or any number of other negative descriptors.....blah blah blah



Unnecessary.

Quote from: TiLT on November 12, 2013, 08:58:48 PM

I will not respond to trolling. Case closed.

Samesies.

Quote from: msduncan on November 12, 2013, 09:04:16 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 12, 2013, 08:58:48 PM

I will not respond to trolling. Case closed.

 icon_lol

Doubly so.

135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 12, 2013, 06:59:27 PM
COD is the one game where I honestly do not care about SP framerate since it's unlikely I'll play very much SP at all. If they keep 60FPS in MP, then I'm good.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 3 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 12, 2013, 06:44:13 PM
I care a whole lot more about 60FPS than I do about what resolution the game is. 60FPS must be the standard (at least for any FPS, racing, and/or competitive MP game). If it takes going to 720p or 900p or whatever the fuck, just do it. I need 60FPS.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Whats the strategy for getting one if you didn't pre order? on: November 11, 2013, 11:46:44 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on November 11, 2013, 06:55:19 PM

Seeing this thread reminds me of being a kid and wanting the newest whatever, and just hoping my parents would come through. They got me an NES when I was 8, it was awesome. I had to buy or split the cost of any gaming after that, but I think its great that you want to do this for your son.

Absolutely. I still remember when my parents got me the SNES for my 11th birthday. We weren't exactly well off growing up, so it was an incredible surprise.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Gaming Trend Cookbook (Crowdsourced nom book!) on: November 11, 2013, 10:18:00 PM
Yeah I'm gonna give that one a go for tailgating I think.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 11, 2013, 09:19:17 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 11, 2013, 08:10:31 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 11, 2013, 07:47:02 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 11, 2013, 07:22:55 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 11, 2013, 07:07:24 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 11, 2013, 06:53:33 PM

Remote play looks incredible!!

It really makes the Vita a portable PS4.

Portable is debatable. I don't consider it that portable with the portability is the range of my home network.

Add Vita TV to the mix and you can take it over the internet

Wait wait... what? Potential game changer for me.

Remote play works over the internet. That has been known for awhile. Combine that with the Vita TV and you can bring your PS4 virtually to any TV.

Wow don't know how I missed that. If Remote Play works reasonably well over the internet, it might be enough to get me to buy a Vita.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 11, 2013, 07:47:02 PM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 11, 2013, 07:22:55 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 11, 2013, 07:07:24 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 11, 2013, 06:53:33 PM

Remote play looks incredible!!

It really makes the Vita a portable PS4.

Portable is debatable. I don't consider it that portable with the portability is the range of my home network.

Add Vita TV to the mix and you can take it over the internet

Wait wait... what? Potential game changer for me.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 11, 2013, 07:07:24 PM

Quote from: Hetz on November 11, 2013, 06:53:33 PM

Remote play looks incredible!!

It really makes the Vita a portable PS4.

Portable is debatable. I don't consider it that portable with the portability is the range of my home network.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 5 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 11, 2013, 02:53:55 AM

Quote from: msduncan on November 11, 2013, 02:35:54 AM

Quote from: gellar on November 11, 2013, 02:27:06 AM

Yeah I got the code too... I really can't decide what to use it on. If I thought Madden would be any good that'd be a no brainer but I expect it to largely be awful. NBA2K14 is pretty, but basketball doesn't interest me much... so it's between Killzone (and I already have Ghosts on PS4 and BF4 on PC) or NFS Rivals. Not sold on either.

Why are people thinking Madden will be bad?    I haven't seen any next gen reviews for it?

Just cause we've seen so very, very little of it. I'd think if it was any good at all we'd be hearing/seeing a lot more.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 5 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 11, 2013, 02:27:06 AM
Yeah I got the code too... I really can't decide what to use it on. If I thought Madden would be any good that'd be a no brainer but I expect it to largely be awful. NBA2K14 is pretty, but basketball doesn't interest me much... so it's between Killzone (and I already have Ghosts on PS4 and BF4 on PC) or NFS Rivals. Not sold on either.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2013 -- Week 10 on: November 11, 2013, 02:07:57 AM
WELP.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 6 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 09, 2013, 07:45:49 PM

Quote from: The Grue on November 09, 2013, 07:31:00 PM

Yeah, I've been waiting patiently for the PS4 version of D33 (not bothering with the PS3 version) and my patience will pay off.  Although, they did say you can bring PS3 character to the PS4.  Still, I don't want to pay for it and I can wait to play the console version on the best console to play it on since I beat D3 on PC a few times.


UGGGGHH why did I get the 360 version?
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 6 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 09, 2013, 05:44:16 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 09, 2013, 10:20:35 AM

I'm getting excited by the PS4 version of Diablo 3, which will contain the new expansion as well. It runs at 1080p 60fps and has unique features not available on any other platforms. These include being able to gift certain drops to your friends, and having a monster that kills you travel to your friends' games as "Bane of (insert name here)" in an upgraded form, giving you both loot if your friend can kill it, or upgrading further to haunt other friends if it kills the first one.

They haven't talked about an Xbox One version of the game as far as I can tell, so there's no knowing if it'll even get released on that platform at this time.

Motherfucker. Am I going to be triple dipping on Diablo?
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 09, 2013, 12:44:16 AM

Quote from: rittchard on November 09, 2013, 12:42:05 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 09, 2013, 12:19:31 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 09, 2013, 12:15:37 AM

As pointed out in Soulchilde's video, they had to start somewhere with TV integration. Once it's in a lot of homes and customers start to demand features, it's much easier to get content providers on board. I have no doubt we'll eventually see better DVR integration, but Rome wasn't built in a day.
The problem is they really need to ship with a cable tuner card in the box, the XB1 should be capable of being your cable box.  Now we may see support of that in the future but it's going to require all new hardware, in which case the early adopters will need to upgrade.

Yeah but that would lock you in to specific cable companies which is definitely not a good thing...  particularly for satellite, fiber, etc providers.  I think the hardware situation is actually decent given the amount of variation that's out there.  The question is how to get the software integration going.

For instance, one thing I don't get: given that they have control over the IR blaster, it seems like the Xbone should be able to generate any command that the remote normally does, which would include on/off, volume, etc.  And for that matter why wouldn't you be able to access the DVR functionality in the same way?  If Logitech can get their remotes to do stuff like that, certainly Microsoft can get the Xbone to do the same?  The only difference seems like using verbal commands or movements to substitute for specific button presses, which they clearly can do.

Probably because it'd be hilariously clunky.

Xbox List
Xbox down
Xbox down
Xbox down
Xbox Enter
Xbox Enter

Yeah I'd rather press the buttons.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 09, 2013, 12:39:15 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 09, 2013, 12:19:31 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 09, 2013, 12:15:37 AM

As pointed out in Soulchilde's video, they had to start somewhere with TV integration. Once it's in a lot of homes and customers start to demand features, it's much easier to get content providers on board. I have no doubt we'll eventually see better DVR integration, but Rome wasn't built in a day.
The problem is they really need to ship with a cable tuner card in the box, the XB1 should be capable of being your cable box.  Now we may see support of that in the future but it's going to require all new hardware, in which case the early adopters will need to upgrade.

That's a good point actually. I wonder why they didn't do that. Wouldn't help me as I'm a DirecTV customer, but TiVo has used cable cards for years so I'm a bit confused there.

And yeah YK I agree with that point in the video, but it doesn't help me justify buying one right now. The integration in that video just doesn't add value for me. Hopefully later.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: November 08, 2013, 09:00:16 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on November 08, 2013, 08:08:00 PM

Call me clueless but when the show started I just assumed the Fitz & Simmons were brother/sister... retard

Samesies.

Also Chloe Bennett is the best thing about this show because HOLY CHRIST IS SHE HOT.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Blockbuster on: November 08, 2013, 07:49:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 08, 2013, 07:23:02 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 08, 2013, 05:46:26 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 08, 2013, 05:38:47 PM

Went in Best Buy for the first time in years last night.

That's a place I want to go out of business.

I just hate it so much.

Really?  For me it always felt on par or even slightly less evil than other big box stores.  Anything in particular drive you nuts about it?

Clueless staff. Terrible customer service. to name two...


I wouldn't mind clueless, aloof staff but Best Buy seems to have hyper aggressive, yet totally useless people working there.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 08, 2013, 07:46:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 08, 2013, 06:17:59 PM

I'm mostly getting the Xbox One for the TV integration.  Mostly.

DVR control would be awesome but even without it, I'm looking forward to not having to switch HDMI channels on the TV between TV and Blu-Ray and gaming.  Hopefully I can pass the Apple TV through too?  Does anyone know?

I believe the XBone only has a single HDMI input.

I've been basically thinking that I'd run all of my other stuff through my receiver and then run that output to the Xbone, but then I'd have to still use my receiver remote to change inputs, which sort of defeats the purpose.

That's part of my issue with the architecture, it seems that a) they didn't really think about A/V receivers as a part of the ecosystem (which might be fair, I'd bet that's a relatively small portion of the market) and b) they assume that you will have an XBone, a cable/directv box, and nothing else. Which might make sense in the long run when everything is integrated, but in the short term does not at all work for me.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 08, 2013, 07:39:08 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 08, 2013, 04:03:45 PM

Another video about the TV integration.   This looks really impressive to me

I'm on the other end... this was the one thing that would've gotten me to buy an Xbox One sooner rather than later (or never) but the actual innovative stuff is still TBD. Oh well.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 8 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 08, 2013, 01:57:58 AM

Quote from: msduncan on November 08, 2013, 01:45:27 AM

Mine is somewhere on one of those crates.

Ditto!
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 07, 2013, 08:49:47 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 07, 2013, 07:41:15 PM

Quote from: gellar on November 07, 2013, 06:45:00 PM

I'm pretty sure some TVs (though d

Definitely not all) will pass the digital signal, no?

Digital != Dolby unconverted digital signal.

Yeah definitely. I just was under the impression that some TVs passed the unconverted signal straight through... not that I've ever done it.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: November 07, 2013, 06:46:16 PM
Yeah cars I don't care about... the lack of the Ring is just inexcusable though.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 07, 2013, 06:45:00 PM
I'm pretty sure some TVs (though definitely not all) will pass the digital signal, no?
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Blockbuster on: November 07, 2013, 04:21:08 AM
Yeah you're definitely being nostalgic. Good riddance to all of that.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Forza 5 on: November 07, 2013, 02:10:08 AM
Wow that's a really, really massive omission. What the fuck.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Ryse on: November 06, 2013, 09:38:41 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 06, 2013, 08:14:15 PM

I'm not surprised to see people's reactions after the poor showing it had at E3 and everything they've shown looked very shallow.  Seems like largely a case of style over substance.

Yeah this one had launch syndrome written all over it. Unfortunate cause I really, really love the setting.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 9 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 06, 2013, 05:22:51 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 06, 2013, 05:21:40 PM

With 360, you simply pull up the media player while in-game (hit the big X, move right a blade or two, and select media).

In this case, I stream it off a media center server running on my desktop.

This is the best thing ever, and makes Dynasty Warriors bearable ( I have it loop Carl Douglas singing  Kung Fu Fighting over and over slywink )

Yeah I did this for racing games when I played them. Really the only time I did so though.
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